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Oct 20, 2014

UKIP, 5-Star welcome Polish radical to save EU voting bloc

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The UK Independence Party and Italy’s 5-Star Movement formed an alliance in the European Parliament on Monday with a right-wing Polish libertarian in order to reconstitute a formal Eurosceptic bloc in the EU legislature.

Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right (KNP), whose leader has said women are too stupid to vote and doubts that Hitler knew of the Holocaust. His move makes up for the defection of a Latvian lawmaker last week that had triggered the formal dissolution of the Eurosceptic bloc.

Oct 16, 2014

UKIP cries foul as Latvian defection weakens hand in EU parliament

BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The UK Independence Party
accused the European Parliament of blackmail and bias on
Thursday after it wound up a voting bloc forged by British and
Italian Eurosceptics, depriving them of funding and influence.

The dissolution of the four-month-old Europe of Freedom and
Direct Democracy Group (EFDD), one of seven formal parliamentary
blocs, was sparked by the loss of Latvia’s Iveta Grigule, sole
member of the Latvian Farmers Union, who quit to sit as an

Oct 15, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
Oct 14, 2014

Juncker tweaks EU team, to reshuffle transport and energy posts

BRUSSELS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The European Union’s incoming
chief executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, has proposed a minor
reshuffle of his team following the EU parliament’s rejection of
the Slovenian nominee to the European Commission.

In a statement on Tuesday after meeting Slovenia’s
substitute candidate, Violeta Bulc, Juncker said he had proposed
to the Council of EU government leaders a new list of
commissioners. In it, Bulc replaced former Slovenian premier
Alenka Bratusek, whom lawmakers had refused to accept.

Oct 12, 2014
Oct 12, 2014

In Brussels, reasons to be cheerful

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Juncker has come through his first big test as the European Union’s chief executive with reasons to be cheerful, even if he faces another tricky couple of weeks to get a team in place that can take office next month.

The president-elect of the European Commission was pleased, aides said, to see all but one of his 27 picks win approval in the European Parliament, leaving only the slightly awkward task of finding a role for the Slovenian substitute who arrives this week after lawmakers rejected the first nominee from Ljubljana.

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